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FILE - In this June 11, 2020 file photo, lounge chairs fill an empty beach in Cancun, Mexico. In a bill approved unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2020, Mexico’s Senate has voted to levy fines of up to $47,000 against hotels, restaurants or other property owners who restrict access to the country’s beaches. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz, File)

Mexico enacts law to guarantee public access to all beaches

Oct. 21, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Property owners in Mexico are being required to allow access through their land for the public to reach beaches that do not have access roads, under a law enacted Wednesday. The Environment Department said land owners would be compensated for access. The law also establishes fines of up...

FILE - This photo combo shows incumbent U.S. Rep Chris Pappas, D-NH, left, and Republican challenger Matt Mowers, right, candidates in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District in Nov. 3, 2020, general election. (AP Photos, File)

Pappas, Mowers trade barbs on virus response, police reform

Oct. 21, 2020 9:47 PM EDT

Democratic U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas and Republican challenger Matt Mowers attacked each other Wednesday night over everything from the coronavirus response to health care in a heated debate that was often a shouting match. The early part of the debate was dominated by the coronavirus response, and Mowers went on...

FILE - In this April 29, 2015, file photo, an illustration depicts a planned interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico as officials announce plans to pursue the project during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. The state of New Mexico is strongly objecting to a recommendation by federal nuclear regulators that a license be granted to build a multibillion-dollar storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. State officials in a letter submitted Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the site is geologically unsuitable and regulators have failed to consider environmental justice concerns. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Watchdogs push New Mexico to limit US nuclear waste dump

Oct. 21, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Watchdogs on Wednesday renewed their call for New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state environmental regulators to take a stand against the federal government as it looks to extend and expand operations at the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository. They...

Major Hurricane Epsilon: Tropical storm warning for Bermuda

Oct. 21, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Epsilon rapidly gained major hurricane strength on Wednesday afternoon and is expected to skirt east of Bermuda in the coming day, the U.S. National Hurricane Center says. The Category 3 storm is packing top sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) and Bermuda remains under a tropical storm...

FILE - This March 18, 2020 photo shows a Tesla charging station for automobiles in Port Huron, Mich.  Tesla charged through a summertime auto industry sales slump in the U.S. to post stronger-than-expected net earnings for the third quarter. The electric car and solar panel maker says Wednesday, Oct. 21,  that it made $874 million, or 27 cents per share, for its fifth-straight profitable quarter.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Tesla posts net profit for fifth straight quarter

Oct. 21, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Tesla charged through a summertime auto industry sales slump in the U.S. to post stronger-than-expected net earnings for the third quarter. The electric car and solar panel maker said Wednesday that it made $331 million, or 27 cents per share, for its fifth-straight profitable quarter....

Idaho governor: collaboration key to solving land issues

Oct. 21, 2020 6:26 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A collaborative process that gives everyone a say is key to solving many federal public lands issues in the U.S. West, Idaho Gov. Brad Little said Wednesday. “Good resource management in the West requires that people are not disenfranchised because they don’t have a voice...

This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows a natural color photo of Mountain Ridge Road and Foothills Ranch Drive, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, after the CalWood Fire burned through the area, west of Longmont, Colo., in Boulder County. (Satellite image ©2020 Maxar Technologies via AP)

Some 3,000 firefighters fight to contain Colorado wildfires

Oct. 21, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — It’s a snapshot from hell: A group of firefighters brace themselves against a furious wind blowing dust and debris and fanning flames in a reddish-orange Martian landscape that is all too real for crews battling several dangerous wildfires in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming....

Report: Kingman aquifer to last longer, a century or more

Oct. 21, 2020 4:16 PM EDT

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has told Mohave County and the city of Kingman that the underground water supply will likely last longer than previously thought. The agency said the Hualapai Valley Basin Aquifer hydrological model is expected to hold for another 100 years or more but still...

FILE - In this March 28, 2012, file photo, Amit Mehta, then the attorney for Dominique Strauss-Kahn speaks in Bronx state Supreme Court in New York.  The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Mehta, an Obama appointee who was assigned the case Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020 in federal court in Washington.  (Stan Honda/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Meet Amit Mehta, the judge for Google's antitrust case

Oct. 21, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

The Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google has a judge: Obama appointee Amit Mehta, who was assigned the case Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He went to elite U.S. universities, clerked for an appellate court judge and worked for both a D.C. law firm...

This 2016 photo provided by the University of California, Irvine, shows a diabolical ironclad beetle, which can withstand being crushed by forces almost 40,000 times its body weight and are native to desert habitats in Southern California. Scientists say the armor of the seemingly indestructible beetle could offer clues for designing stronger planes and buildings. In a study published Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in the journal Nature, a group of scientists explains why the beetle is so squash-resistant.  (Jesus Rivera, Kisailus Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab, University of California Irvine via AP)

Can't crush this: Beetle armor gives clues to tougher planes

Oct. 21, 2020 3:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — It's a beetle that can withstand bird pecks, animal stomps and even being rolled over by a Toyota Camry. Now scientists are studying what the bug’s crush-resistant shell could teach them about designing stronger planes and buildings. “This beetle is super tough," said Purdue...